Market Recognition

Orrick is recognized for the strength of our client work in the Tech & Innovation, Energy & Infrastructure and Finance sectors, and for being a Litigation powerhouse. We are also proud to be singled out for our inclusive culture, our commitment to developing the next generation of talent and our social impact.

Financial Times selected us as the Most Innovative North American Law Firm of 2018, for an unprecedented third year in a row, and named us runner-up in 2019. The American Lawyer gave the firm its first Legal Innovation Award in 2018 and recognized us for “Best Use of Technology” in 2019. Our firm also appears on the:

  • 100 Best Companies to Work For – Fortune, 2020 and five times
  • A-List – The American Lawyer, 2020 and 12 times
  • Global 20 – Law360, 2019 and eight times  

Tech & Innovation

As a leading advisor to the global technology sector, we are recognized for our work on behalf of the most disruptive companies in the market.

  • #1 VC Firm in Europe for the last 15 quarters – PitchBook, 3Q2019
    • #4 Global VC Law Firm
  • Tech Litigation Department of the Year Finalist – The Recorder, 2019
  • Startup Law Firm of the Year Finalist – The Recorder, 2019
  • Cyber & Data Security Firm of the Year – Chambers USA, 2019
    • Band 1 for Privacy & Data Security in the United States
  • #3 Global M&A – PitchBook, 3Q2019
    • Top 3 in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany and Italy
  • Tech Group of the Year – Law360, 2018 and three times
  • UK Corporate and Commercial Law Firm (Specialism) of the Year for Venture Capital – Legal 500, 2018
  • Corporate Department of the Year: Emerging Companies – The Recorder, 2016

The most innovative tech companies in the world call on us to protect their intellectual property and defend their brands. For this work, we’ve been named:

  • IP Litigation Department of the Year – The American Lawyer, 2016
  • IP Hot List – National Law Journal, 2016 and two times
  • IP Group of the Year – Law360, 2016 and four times
  • Privacy Group of the Year – Law360, 2016 
  • Tier 1 rankings for Chinese patents and copyright/trademark matters, Japanese copyright/trademark matters, and Hong Kong patents and copyright/trademark matters – Asian Legal Business, 2019

Energy & Infrastructure

Our practices and teams are recognized globally as leaders in the Energy & Infrastructure sector.

  • Band 1 for U.S. PPP, Renewables & Alternative Energy, and Power & Renewables: Transactions   – Chambers USA, 2019
    • Power Firm of the Year – Chambers USA, 2017
  • Project Finance Group of the Year – Law360, 2019 and six times
  • #1 renewables projects (by value and volume) – Inframation, Q32019
  • #4 for energy industry private equity work globally (by volume) – PitchBook, 2018
  • Italy Renewable Energy Law Firm of the Year – Legalcommunity, 2019
  • Law Firm of the Year in Greenfield Infrastructure and Africa Infrastructure – Magazine des Affaires, 2018 for the 3rd year in a row
  • Italy Energy Law Firm of the Year – Legalcommunity, 2018 and two times

Finance

For over a century, we’ve acted for leading financial institutions at the forefront of innovation. 

  • #1 Municipal Bond Counsel Firm – Bond Buyer/Thomson Reuters, 2019 and 20 years
  • Top Fintech Law Firm – Lendit, 2019
  • Band 1 for Real Estate in Northern California – Chambers USA, 2019
  • Top 3 CMBS Issuer’s Counsel and Underwriters Counsel in the U.S. – Commercial Mortgage Alert, 1H2019
  • Top 10 ABS/MBS – Asset-Backed Alert, 1H2019
  • Italy NPL Law Firm of the Year – Legalcommunity, 2017 and two times

Litigation

Whether we’re arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court or providing pre-litigation counseling, we bring the highest quality to everything we do.

  • Employment Group of the Year – Law360, 2019
  • Appellate Hot List – National Law Journal, 2019 and eight times
  • Sports & Betting Group of the Year – Law360, 2019 and two times
  • Top 5 Litigation Powerhouse – Law360, 2016
  • Top 10 Litigation Power Rankings and Litigation Department of the Year Finalist – The American Lawyer, 2016
  • Litigation Department of the Year – The Recorder, 2016 and two times
  • U.S. Appellate practice, Band 2 – Chambers USA, 2019
  • Top 30 International Arbitration Firm – Global Arbitration Review, 2019
  • Labor & Employment Defense Firm of the Year – The Recorder, 2017 and four times

Culture

To attract, train and inspire exceptional lawyers, we set a goal of being the best law firm to work for. How? We foster inclusive and collaborative teams. We provide our lawyers with advanced training and coaching. And we focus on making a social impact.

  • 100 Best Companies to Work For – Fortune, 2020 and five times
    • Best Workplaces for Diversity
    • Best Workplaces for Millennials
    • Best Workplaces for Women
    • Best Workplaces for Parents
  • Companies That Care – People, 2019 and two times
  • #4 Best Law Firms to Work For – Vault, 2020     
  • #1 in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. – The American Lawyer Summer Associates Survey, 2019

Diversity

  • #4 for Diversity – Vault Law Firm Diversity Rankings, 2020
  • 14 Years at 100% for LGBT Equality – Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index, 2020
  • Best Workplaces for Diversity - Fortune, 2019 
  • Mansfield Certification Plus – 2019 and two times
  • 2019 ChIPs Honor Roll Awards

Women’s Leadership

  • Gold Standard Certification – Women in Law Empowerment Forum, 2019 and seven times
  • Best Law Firms for Women – Working Mother, 2019 and 11 times
  • Top Ten Family Friendly U.S. Law Firms – Yale Law Women, 2019 and seven times

Pro Bono

  • #5 for pro bono in the United States and #4 internationally – The American Lawyer, 2020
  • Pro Bono Hotlist – National Law Journal, 2020 and five times
  • Top 5 for pro bono in the UK – Legal Week, 2019